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LISTEN & LEARN (OR NOT)

Welcome to Listen & Learn (or Not) featuring the diverse voices of Life Coach Laurie (w/ Warm 106.9), Claire, and Anna D (we're still not EXACTLY sure what she does but she walks around our office like she's a big shot). The three amigas are giving you the best half hour (or so) they got. Follow them and share their journey with real-life everyday struggles, quirky people stories, random conversations, and, occasionally, some heavy topics, too. Come listen & learn a thing or two with us! Or not...we're not forcing you.

Latest Episodes

#FreeBritney Helps Set Britney Free, Nicky Minaj’s #Ballgate Drama, & Other Hashtag Magic

Claire, Laurie and Anna are back w/ their thoughts on the big move from the #FreeBritney Movement, as well as the Brian Laundrie manhunt. They also discuss Nicki Minaj’s vaccine claim coming from her best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend who heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw her cousin’s friend’s fiance at the 7-11 saying she called off her wedding because her fiance got the vaccine and became impotent last night. Guess it’s pretty serious…or not.

Camila Cabello is Not a Bandersnatch

Coach Laurie can recite the entire “Jabberwocky” that she learned in her childhood, Anna D is actually applying the Trig and Calculus she learned in high school toward helping her kids, and Claire…well, her dogs eat cat poop. Join us this week to find out how all of that fits together. Plus, Laurie recaps her alone time with the grandkids and her son’s impending wedding and we learn about the Great Resignation and how side hustles are the new actual hustle. And if nothing else, at least listen to this episode to learn the words “Bandersnatch”, “Jabberwocky” and “Camila Cabello”. Or not.

Jem and the Holograms Would Be Proud

Do you have weird recurring dreams, like the one where it’s the last day of college and you realize you forgot to go to any of your classes? (No? Just us? Mmmmkay…) This week Coach Laurie, Anna D and Claire are back in true LALON form, running the gamut of topics from the first day of In Person High School to brand new ABBA music to the tragic devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida on the people of New York and New Jersey. At what point do you just turn off the alerts on your phone and stop watching the News? Is that hiding or is it healthy? And Coach Laurie has an amazing story about one of her students’ realization about the true meaning of “privilege.” Plus, next week we will all go out on tour as holograms! Or not.

Indossa una Maschera per Favore

Travel to a foreign country in the middle of a pandemic? Why not? This week Coach Laurie, Anna D and Claire recap Claire’s trip to Italy, from her favorite version of Pasta Carbonara to the majesty of the Vatican to her plan if she failed her Covid test to get back home. (Spoiler Alert – she’s home). So what is it like to travel at this time? And how are peoples attitudes? And how close did she get to George Clooney? Or not..

Italy or Bust

Claire is on a jet plane to Italy, and Laurie & Anna have decided to take a little break until her return….but in explaining this, they couldn’t stop talking. Shocker. What should have been only a 5-minute schtick turned into a surprise half hour episode. Listen as they talk about the “Great Resignation” happening across the country, another result — it seems — of the Covid pandemic. They also talk about the willfully unvaccinated who don’t have health issues preventing them from getting the vaccine — does casting blame on antivaxxers help end the pandemic? Also, an update on the Covid-19 Delta variant surge in Washington and the reinstating of mask mandates. Lastly, please forgive all the singing and misheard lyrics in this podcast.

Roma, Roma-Ma, Gaga, Ga Ga Ga!

Are men and women treated differently when it comes to mental illness? Coach Laurie, Anna D and Claire discuss the curious cases of Britney Spears vs Michael Jackson. Or maybe it’s generational, because Olympian Simone Biles is getting support (mostly) from all over (mostly) for bowing out of Olympic events to focus on her mental health. Plus, why on Earth does Kelly Clarkson have to pay her husband $200,000 a MONTH in spousal and child support? And will Brangelina ever actually be divorced? We sing Happy Birthday to Claire! And congratulations to Lady Gaga for winning the Olympic Gold in Taekwondo! (Or not…)

If Everyone’s Back in the Office, Why Am I All Alone?

It was another miracle week here in our LALON family, with Coach Laurie feeling the power of prayer for a beloved family animal. Also, lots of offices are officially back in person now, and yet, somehow they’re also not; are you all alone in your cubicle village? It may be time to #FreeBritney from her draconian conservatorship, but that doesn’t mean she’s not still bipolar. The Olympics are underway, but should they be? And….Seattle releases the Kraken and every single person in Washington is now a die-hard hockey fan! Or Not.

A Miraculous Week

Claire talks about an incredible and extraordinary event that happened to a beloved recurring character of our podcast — her dog Sadie. But first you gotta get past Anna D refreshing her memory on how to use the podcasting equipment as she returns to work this week. A special announcement about our favorite life coach and her interview w/ Amanda Knox on “Spotlight w/ Laurie Hardie”. Richard Sherman – Need we say more? We have an update on Britney Spears, as well as a new ice cream flavor we are eager to try!!! — or not.

You Only Regret the Things You Don’t Do

Claire announces something EXCITING she’s about to do — which honors something a wise woman (her wife’s mom) said, “You only regret the things you don’t do.” Laurie is thrilled to announce she interviewed Amanda Knox, and shares some of her amazing takeaways. The Covid-19 pandemic has created the “perfect storm” for domestic violence – sadly, we see it in the rise of incidents reported. Life coach Laurie offers the dos and don’ts and the many ways to help a loved one in an abusive relationship. We discuss ways to protect your plants and trees from extreme temps – the same kind the Pacific NW suffered a few weeks ago. We love musicals – but the ones that were televised or recreated as movie musicals? We give them two thumbs up! — or not.

I Wish I Could Speak Whale

How is it that we live in a world where Britney Spears is not free but Bill Cosby is? Join Coach Laurie, Anna D, and Claire as we talk about the sudden release of Cosby from prison and it’s potential impact on survivors of sexual assault. We also talk about the NCAA’s decision to let college athletes make money, and what life was like under the Pacific Northwest Heat Dome! Also, Laurie tells an amazing story about a teenager’s ability to deescalate a difficult situation. And, we celebrate ABBA for a major accomplishment and then try to remember the difference between New Order and Erasure. Or Yaz. Or….not.